“It’s not necessarily a budgeting issue. It’s a production issue to see if we can get that worked out,” said Loeffler, who is hopeful that this can become a reality. “I’m always optimistic. If there’s a will, there’s a way and HBO wants to do it and we want to do it. It’s just a matter of fine-tuning everything.”
Last year, “GGG” played to ever-increasing audiences on the network. Tony Walker of HBO Sports, who attended the luncheon, told Maxboxing, “We’re still discussing with K2 the possibility of airing the Golovkin fight from Monaco. There’s some technical issues with the broadcast that have to be worked out but we’re hopeful that we can work something out and we’ll let the media know it and when we do.”
In March of 2013, Golovkin had a fight in Monte Carlo, a three-round stoppage of Nobuhiro Ishida, the lone outing of the year that wasn’t on HBO. The current plan in 2014 and for the foreseeable future will have Golovkin staying active and performing in Europe once a year till they land a marquee bout.
“It really depends,” explained Loeffler. “If there’s a bigger name out there like a Sergio Martinez, like a [Julio Cesar] Chavez Jr., we’ll need a much bigger build-up for those fights and then instead of maybe four fights a year, maybe three times a year. But [Golovkin] definitely wants to stay active and he wants to also stay in touch with his European and international fan base. So I think these types of fights make a lot of sense. It just depends on whatever opportunities come up in the United States.
“I made it clear to HBO that we’ll never conflict with a bigger fight that they might have planned with a fight that takes place internationally.”
Scheduled to be on this undercard in Monte Carlo was the cruiserweight debut of Nathan Cleverly versus Junior Makabu but Cleverly recently pulled out of this fight. Rodney Berman, who represents Makabu, was none too pleased with the news. Here’s what he stated in a press release that came out on Tuesday:
“I knew he’d pull out,” fumed Berman. “He’s not a true champion; I always felt that. Whatever excuse Cleverly is making, I know he hasn’t been injured. He pulled out because he realised he had no chance against Makabu. Everyone said that when the fight was signed and it obviously dawned on him.
“I always suspected he was molly-coddled. Frank Warren clearly shot his bolt by doing the deal and now has to accommodate his fighter wanting out.”
Yeah, uh, I get the sense that Berman isn’t buying Cleverly’s alibi.
SPORTS ON EARTH
Here’s my 2014 debut with SportsOnEarth.com that deals with just how much boxing fans will have to budget if they want to catch all the pay-per-view fights being scheduled for 2014:
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